Monday, May 26, 2008

Victoria & Albert Jewelry Collection

From WWD.
Are you travelling to London this summer? If so be sure not to miss this exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The gallery spotlights around 3,500 pieces of jewelry, many from the museum's existing collection. The jewelry has been curated to span the history of European adornment, from deep yellow Etruscan gold neck pieces from the sixth century B.C. and delicate diamond brooches from the 18th century to the graphic jewelry made from materials such as plastic and pebbles , which came into vogue in the Sixties."Every different period has its own style — it's always a mix of social history, fashion and what materials are available," said Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, consultant curator for the gallery.

Like with paintings, sculpture, furniture and fashion, jewelry has a story to tell of historical significance. When you see the Etruscan Revival jewelry of the Mid 19th Century with its meticulous craftsmanship you can how the discoveries in Mediterranean archeology influenced women's fashions. Or when you see the Egyptian designs in Art Deco jewelry you can see the way fashion was influenced by the the excitement of the discoveries of King Tut's tomb in the 1920's. In the Late Retro period of the 1950's there was jewelry designed to look like Sputnik satellites.
These are just a few examples but there are countless more.
Now, if only I could figure out how to find to time to jet off to see this extensive collection......
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